Bridgestop performance fundamental for protecting party walls

Maintaining compliance with the requirements of Approved Document E to the Building Regulations is one of the most onerous challenges for the UK’s construction industry, but one where leading housebuilder, Bellway Homes has come to rely on the performance of Monarfloor Bridgestop for protecting party walls.

Monks Meadow is one of Bellway’s current developments where two, three and four bedroom houses are being built to a high specification on land at Llanwern, near Newport in Wales. Crucially, Bridgestop offers an innovative and dependable solution, as part of a fully approved Robust Detail in minimising both impact and flanking sound travelling though cavity separating walls.

Impressively, Monks Meadow has been recognised in the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards for 2017. Site Manager for Bellway Homes, Keith Parsons, commented:

“Here at Monks Meadow we are on Phase 2 of building 182 new homes, which include both semi-detached and terraced houses. The bricklaying sub-contractor has responsibility for fitting the Bridgestop cavity barrier to deal with acoustic issues. It is my first experience of working with the system, but installation seems to be straightforward and is meeting the requirements of the Robust Detail.”

To date the Clevedon branch of F30 Building Products has supplied 14 of the Bridgestop kits to the Bellway Homes site in Llanwern. The branch manager, Tim Baxter, offered his perspective on Monarfloor Bridgestop, adding:

“We have been stocking Bridgestop for three or four years now and it has proved particularly popular with the larger housebuilders. It offers them a convenient, certified solution to the problem of sound transmission between properties.”

As well as being specified to meet Robust Detail E-WM-19 and A2,, the Icopal system offers four points under the Code for Sustainable Homes which is still widely favoured by social housing providers as well as other specifiers. The high performance membrane is secured along the base of the cavity face to party walls, using the special Bridgestop anchors, and prevents any mortar droppings from coming into direct contact with the blockwork.

Bridgestop can also be utilised in conjunction with Monarfloor Tranquilt which is laid beneath the floor screed to isolate it from the concrete subfloor. They are frequently specified together for the construction of apartment buildings.

Bellway’s Monks Meadow properties are styled to appeal to a broad audience including professionals, families and first-time buyers, while the location – four miles from the M4 – makes the development an ideal base for commuters travelling to Newport, Port Talbot, or across the River Severn to Bristol.

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